|Return to Index||Henry's Commentary|
|1||My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.|
|2||For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;|
|3||And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:|
|4||Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?|
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the 1poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
|6||But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?|
|7||Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?|
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, 1Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
|9||But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.|
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Deut 27:26 Gal 3:10
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
|12||So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.|
For he shall have 1judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
|14||What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?|
If a brother or sister be 1naked, and destitute of daily food,
|16||And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?|
|17||Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.|
|18||Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.|
|19||Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.|
|20||But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?|
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had 1offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
|22||Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?|
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Gen 15:6 Rom 4:3 Gal 3:6 Isa 41:8
|24||Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.|
|25||Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?|
|26||For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.|
|Notes on Chapter 2|